Hungary is not going to support anti-Russian sanctions if they run counter to its national interests. Such a statement on Friday, September 23, was made by the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.
The politician held a meeting with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov, as a result of which he called the position of Budapest very clear, informs RIA News.
Hungary sees no rational reason to “chase a new package of sanctions, especially when it comes to energy,” Szijjártó said. He called this topic a clear “red line” and noted that the Hungarian authorities are not going to make their people pay for hostilities in which they are not involved.
At the same time, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry noted that his country would take part in the discussion if a new draft of anti-Russian sanctions appeared, but would not agree to anything contrary to its interests. Moreover, Szijjarto expressed the opinion that such an approach is “completely against the interests of Europe and its peoples” and “the European economy is heading for a recession.”
The Hungarian authorities have previously repeatedly criticized the EU’s sanctions policy towards Russia. The Hungarian parliament called this approach thoroughly erroneous and warned that EU leaders “will tear the entire European economy to dust with them.” The head of the Hungarian government pointed out that anti-Russian sanctions did not shake Moscowwhile Europe found itself in a state of political and economic instability.